Alternative Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving used to be a time for family, friends and food, until the commercial giants took it over and made it more about grabbing a quick deal than spending quality time with your loved ones. If shopping during one of the busiest weekends of the year is your idea of hell, what can you do to get away from it all? Yonderbound gives you ideas of how to escape from the malls and outlets and what else you can do with the people you love the most. And you never know, you might just end up having fun.

New York

Nikki Vargas of the Travelettes learnt the art of Vietnamese cooking in a class in New York. She was expertly guided through making the perfect eggs rolls and lemongrass barbecue pork, whilst simultaneously being introduced to the nuances and influences of Vietnamese food. End of class feast included!

Full story: Lessons in Vietnamese Street Food


Full story: Fit Fly Gal’s Adventures in Chicago

Air hostess and perpetual travel Kara Mulder talks you through keeping active with these three fitness-based activities in Chicago that also allow you to explore hidden places in the Windy City. Includes a kayaking tour on the Chicago river network and lake Michigan to appreciate Chicago’s beautiful architecture, and a night-time bike tour.

Los Angeles

A five day yoga retreat in Joshua Tree National Park, as frequented by Hollywood stars, should be enough to help you relax and recuperate! Writer Laura Newman chilled out for 5 days doing twice daily Ashtanga yoga practices and also benefitted from guided hikes which revealed secret corners of the beautiful region.


Full story: Bayside Flyboard, Where you can fly Like Superman and Swim Like a Dolphin

Outdoors nut Mike Monson introduces you flyboarding in Bayside, Miami. Imagine being attached to a jetski by a long nozzle, with water propulsion jets attached to your feet and being propelled up to 35 feet in the air by the force of the water, and that’s flyboarding! Mike walks you through the basics and demonstrates neat flyboarding tricks. For adrenaline junkies only!

New Orleans

Full story: Journey Into the Spiritual World of Voodoo in New Orleans

Writer of the blog The Fairytale Traveler, Christa Thompson loves anything supernatural. In New Orleans she tours the Voodoo quarter and learns the origins of voodoo and voodoo culture, and learns from Priestess Miriam the significance of different voodoo gris-gris.


About the Author:

Sarah Hopkinson
Part-time traveller who fits in work around a hectic destination schedule, currently living in the south of France by a happy accident. Interests include learning languages, Eastern Europe, quoting TV sitcoms and meatball subs.

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